Our Leadership Team


Todd J. Zywicki, Executive Director, is a George Mason University Foundation Professor of Law. Additionally, he is a senior scholar of the Mercatus Center and a senior fellow of the James Buchanan Center for Political Economy Program on Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (both at George Mason University). He has been a member of the Mason law faculty since 1998, having previously served on the faculty of the Mississippi College of Law, and as a visiting professor at Vanderbilt University Law School, Georgetown University Law Center, and Boston College Law School. Zywicki clerked for Judge Jerry E. Smith of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, practiced bankruptcy and commercial law, and from 2003-04, he was director of the Office of Policy Planning at the Federal Trade Commission. Professor Zywicki earned his BA cum laude from Dartmouth College with high honors in his major (Government), his MA in economics from Clemson University, and his JD from the University of Virginia, where he was a John M. Olin Scholar in Law and Economics.  



Paige V. Butler has 17 years of experience in development and project leadership. She is currently deputy executive director of the Mason Law & Economics Center and director of development for George Maon University School of Law. During the 2014-2015 academic year under her leadership, the LEC brought together 2,610 participants to learn about the academic discipline of law and economics. Program participants included scholars from top law schools; international, federal, and state judges; sitting state attorneys general and their staff; US Congressional members and staff; and policymakers from federal, state, and local levels of government. Since her tenure began in 2010, the Mason Law & Economics Center has grown to include six divisions with an annual budget of $8.5 million. Prior to joining Mason, Paige held positions at Northwestern University School of Law, The Brookings Institution, Chapman University, and the University of Kansas. In addition, she practiced law for ten years as corporate counsel to a large financial institution and served as their AVP of Business Development. She holds a JD from the University of Kansas as well as BS degrees in Accounting and Business Management.




James C. Cooper is an Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Program on Economics & Privacy. Prior to joining the Law & Economics Center, James spent years at the Federal Trade Commission, serving in a variety of capacities, including advisor to Commissioner William Kovacic and Acting Director fo the Office of Policy and Planning. Prior to joining the FTC, he was an associate in the antitrust group at Crowell & Moring LLP in Washington, DC. James has taught law and economics at Johns Hopkins University, and his research has appeared in publications including the Antitrust Law Journal, International Journal of Industrial Organization, and the Boston University Law Review. He has a BA from the University of South Carolina, a PhD in Economics from Emory University, and a JD from George Mason University School of Law, where he was a Robert A. Levy Fellow in Law and Liberty.